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Car Wrap Advertising

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How the scam works:

United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain - this scam occurs now all over the world. It became the most notorious scam this fall.

Imagine this: Looking for ways to make extra money, you receive an email from a company offering the opportunity to make $300 a week if you have your car wrapped in a well-known brand's logo. "Our world-class partners such us Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, iPhone 6, XS Energy, Johnny Walker, and Budweiser will generously pay prospective clients like you", the message says.

The scammers who send this message also post the same offer on sites like Craigslist, Oodle, or Gumtree, create well-designed advertisments, and even contact people who submit their resumes online hunting for jobs.

The offer sounds good, especially since you have the option of removing the wrapped sticker after the number of months you select. If you accept the offer, the scammers will then send a check for a large amount of money, according to the length of time you want to be the mobile advertiser.

The instructions for cashing the check indicate that a certain portion of the money is to be kept as your payment and the rest is to be sent via wire transfer to the company who will supposedly wrap your vehicle. After wiring the money, you'll find out that the original check was a fake and the transaction bounced. Now your bank is after you for thousands of dollars.

How to avoid:

No major brand would hire just anybody to wrap their cars with advertising. Corporations are very careful about their image and typically have huge marketing departments within. Be very careful when you receive this email, as the message might be presented in a very professional manner. The scammers steal images from websites belonging to reputable companies that do professional car wrapping and make you believe it's their business. Delete the email, not every online job opportunity that comes your way is real.

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There are 704 comments

  • On Monday, September 22, 2014, Kenneth Cook wrote:

    They are doing the same thing on cragislist all over the place.

  • On Monday, September 22, 2014, joshua wrote:

    received the same scam and a check for almost 2 grand, almost went to jail while trying to cash it

  • On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Pablo wrote:

    I can't believe this!! I have been in contact with a Bill Watson from Power Brands in Van Nuys, CA (of course via email). WOW!! the same drive program for Monster Brands. I went so far as to call the office in CA in the attempt to verify Mr. Watson works for the company. I wanted to speak to someone in Human Resources. By law, a company can at least verify that a person works for them. Instead, I was placed into voicemail. I've seen cars with company logos on them in Connecticut so I thought this to be a ligitimate offer but still something didn't feel right.

    I'm grateful for this blog as it might have saved me from owing thousands of dollars and a breach to my person info.

    Thanks again,

    PO from CT

  • On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Gina wrote:

    Thank you for putting this on here!!! You just saved my butt!! I received an email just this morning and it was sounding good!! Thanks to people like you guys maybe they won't get away with it so often.
    Thank you!!

  • On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, KB wrote:

    Just received this from Frank Heckard Definitely a scam

    On Sep 17, 2014, at 1:19 PM, "Frank Heckard" wrote:

    Thanks for contacting us...

    How it works Here's the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: Tropicana Mango Juice seeks people -- regular citizens, not professional drivers -- to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a sticker advert for "Tropicana Mango Juice" plastered on any of your chosen part of your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps," that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car's exterior surface.

    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy, Lots of exposure and awareness? The auto wraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

    You will be compensated with a $300 (Three hundred dollars per Week), which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use the space. Tropicana shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. The payment will be sent directly to your house address from Company of $300 (Three hundred dollars) inform of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also come in the form of checks and delivered at your house address weekly.


    The following information below will be needed

    Full Name:
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Make of car/ year:
    Address:
    City:
    State:
    Zip code:
    Phone Number(s) mobile/home:
    Email Address:

    We also have a bigger offer to house owners who is willing to allow Tropicana repent and design their houses outlet with Tropicana products. This offer will last minimum of three months and maximum of one year on first contract with payment of $1200 weekly. We accept only buildings people can see from outside on a motor-able road or street new and old houses.

    Kindly get back to us with your details; we shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information, Tropicana Mango Juice

    Looks forward to working with you.

    Regards
    Frank Heckard

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